Tiny home living is becoming more popular by the day for several reasons. Many people move into tiny homes out of necessity or to save money, but a handful of people make the move to improve their quality of life.
When you look at the different types of tiny homes, it’s not hard to see the appeal. They look small from the outside, but an open floor plan can make even a 300 square foot home look big.
If it sounds strange that living in a tiny home can improve the quality of your life, consider the following life-changing benefits.
1. Owning Less “Stuff” Frees Your Mind
How much time do you spend thinking about or rearranging/organizing the stuff in your home? Do you have a storage unit full of stuff that won’t fit in your house?
The more stuff you have, the more of your mind is tied up thinking about that stuff. Whether you’re thinking about paying your storage bill, having a garage sale, or rearranging your furniture, you spend more time thinking about your “stuff” than you think.
In a tiny home, you can’t have a lot of stuff and keeping things in a storage unit doesn’t make sense unless you have plans to return to a standard-sized home at some point.
Living in a tiny home will free your mind from the endless management of “stuff.”
2. Less Clutter, Less Stress, and Better Focus
Consciously for some and subconsciously for most, clutter causes stress. While some people are visibly disturbed by piles of stuff, others don’t realize clutter is the source of their stress.
Clutter is the number one enemy of all who wish to stay focused throughout the day. Even the Mayo Clinic says clutter inhibits focus.
When you work from home, as many now do, nothing is more distracting than clutter. The worst is when you get used to the clutter and you end up with a nagging anxiety you can’t trace to a source.
When you live in a tiny home, you’ll automatically have less clutter. Tiny homes tend to have far less surface area for clutter to accumulate. You won’t have an abundance of freestanding bookshelves or random tables throughout the house. In a tiny home, if you start collecting clutter, you’ll inevitably be unable to live in your home.
3. You Can Select Your Scenery
When you own a tiny home, you get to choose the location of the land where you’ll reside. You may not have too many choices, but you’ll have more scenery options than if you were to rent an apartment where you’re stuck staring at a brick wall, a busy street, or someone else’s bedroom window.
Studies have shown that a change of scenery can boost your well-being and mood. For some, that change of scenery is achieved by going for a walk. Why not go all the way and change the scenery of your residence?
Considering you’ll need a section of land, you’ll get a better view than you would in an apartment or even a house in the city. You can choose your scenery by placing your tiny home in any direction you wish to make the sun shine through certain windows (or not). If there’s a tree you find particularly interesting, you can angle your home to view that tree through the kitchen window, your bedroom window, or any other space you’d like.
4. Anywhere You Move, You’ll Be in Your Home
For those who rent apartments and houses, moving means moving out of a familiar home and into a new living space. It can be hard to adjust to a new house when you’re attached to your old home’s layout.
With a tiny home, no matter where you move, you’ll still be living in the same house. This can bring you peace of mind and give you the consistency needed to feel stable.
5. Living in a Small Space is Motivation to Get Outside
Getting outside into the fresh air and nature does wonders for your health. When you’re living in a tiny home, you’ll have more reason to get outside to garden, go for a walk, or just sit under a tree.
Tiny homes don’t have to be so tiny
If you’re now convinced of the reasons a tiny home will improve the quality if your life, you’re probably skeptical about living in a small space. However, with a good floor plan and a little extra square footage, you can be just as comfortable as you’d expect to be in a standard-sized home.